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The Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP) is the central focal point of UNESCO for all strategic, programmatic and budgeting issues, as well as for cooperation with extrabudgetary funding sources and public-private partnerships (PPPs), and it provides advice to the Director-General on all these matters.


Specific responsibilities of the Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP) include:

  • preparation and monitoring of the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy and the biennial Programme and Budget of the Organization in line with the principles of results-based planning and programming;
  • implementation of the principles of the results-based management and the risk management approaches;
  • monitoring of the implementation of the approved programme and its work plans through regular reviews to assess progress towards the expected results, and report thereon periodically to the governing bodies in the context of the statutory reports;
  • leading and coordination of UNESCO’s participation in and contribution to United Nations system inter-agency activities, in particular concerning global programme issues, and those aiming to enhance system-wide coherence, globally, regionally and at the country levels;
  • monitoring the implementation of the programme activities related to the two global priorities of the Organization, Gender Equality and Africa
  • promotion of South-South and North-South-South cooperation; support to the least developed countries (LDCs); the small island developing states (SIDS); the most vulnerable segments of society; indigenous peoples; countries in post-conflict and post-disaster situations and to countries in transition as well as middle-income countries;
  • monitoring the implementation of the integrated comprehensive strategy for category 2 institutes and centres;
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